“Curators, artists, art professionals and supporters from all across the country and around the world are converging to celebrate in Cincinnati. It’s a proud moment for us to help nurture a growing art scene here and to be part of the international conversation about contemporary photography and film.”—Executive Director Mary Ellen Goeke, FotoFocus Biennial 2014
Named one of Fortune’s most up-and-coming urban neighborhoods in July 2014, Over-the-Rhine (OTR) is one of the country’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods, home to 943 buildings of 19th-century Italianate architecture, many of which are now art galleries, shops, restaurants and night-life locations for music and live entertainment. The entire 360-acre OTR neighborhood is located between the Cincinnati’s Downtown, the central business district, and the Uptown arts, medical, university communities of Clifton and Mt. Auburn. OTR is easy to access and holds the newly re-designed (2012) Washington Park, situated in the heart of the OTR commuity, it is an now eight-acre urban oasis all the more appealing as art hub to FotoFocus.
21c Museum Hotel | 609 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Downtown)| 855-391-8726 or directly at 513-578-6600 or please visit the 21c website or phone reservations. FotoFocus Biennial 2014 Map point: 17
21c Museum Hotel, where you sleep inside a contemporary art museum, is the FotoFocus Biennial 2014 partner hotel. The 156-room boutique hotel presents rotating curated exhibitions and commissioned, site-specific art installations within its 8,000 square feet of exhibition, meeting and event spaces.21c is located in downtown Cincinnati at 609 Walnut Street, in the renovated 100-year-old Metropole Hotel building, next to the Contemporary Arts Center, and across the street from the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The renovation was designed by architect Deborah Berke, following federal standards for historic rehabilitation. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic places and many of its original features were preserved, including a sweeping staircase leading to the second floor ballroom and the original mosaic tile floors in the restaurant and elevator lobby. While respecting and preserving the character of this once grand hotel, 21c has created a new space to showcase the work of contemporary artists.
New Review: 5 of 5 stars | 9/16/14: "Wow! A true Experience this is! Of course, you say? Well, I experienced the 21c Museum Hotel in a way that really got into the structure, the idea, the concept. AND I am impressed. Very confi' beds! Top roof bar, very nice. The art, excellent! Themed IN a smart and bold way! Attitude! Knowledge! Entertainment. Just, something else!”
Visit During October and Be Part of the FotoFocus: During the FotoFocus Event Week — Wednesday, October 8, 2014, to Monday, October 13, 2014 — 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati is here to welcome all visitors to FotoFocus Biennial 2014. Just blocks from the excitement at Memorial Hall, Washington Park, the FotoFocus Galleries on Elm as well as the Contemporary Arts Center, The Taft Museum and many major downtown and Over-the-Rhine venues. See the 21c Exhibition: During the 2014 FotoFocus Biennial, 21c will present an exhibition titled, Hybridity: The New Frontier. Read more about the exhibition. Eat and Drink at Metropole, which offers a contemporary take on old world fireplace cooking techniques. Led by executive chef Michael Paley, the menu focuses on dishes cooked in a custom-built, wood-burning hearth. A showcase for the region's sustainable farmers and producers, Metropole's well-edited and ever changing menu features hearth roasted meats, fish and vegetables; grains; and house made charcuterie. The beverage menu highlights American and international craft brewers, innovative cocktails, Bourbon and a smart selection of old and new world wines.